Malta Offers to Pay International Tourists This Summer
Want to earn some money while enjoying your summer vacation? Malta will be just the destination for you.
In order to jumpstart its tourism economy, Malta announced a scheme to encourage independent travellers to stay in its hotels starting in June.
Tourism and Consumer Protection Minister Clayton Bartolo announced on 30 March that the Maltese islands are reopening for tourism in summer 2021. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated tourists will be welcomed to the island of Malta from 1 June.
According to the official release, the Malta Tourism Authority will pay each visitor who books a three-night stay directly with select three- to five-star hotels on a scaled basis.
Those who stay at a five-star property will get €100 per person on every booking, while guests at four-star hotels will earn €75 and visitors at three-star hotels will score €50.
Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo added that those amounts will be matched by the hotels, doubling them at every level, so that visitors can earn up to €200 for their three-night stay at a five-star hotel. Those who go to Malta’s smaller island of Gozo will get an additional 10% incentive on top of that.
To qualify for the scheme, tourists are to directly book with the hotel to get the cash reward.
With €3,500,000 allocated toward the plan, the country hopes that it can encourage over 35,000 visitors with the budget.
Bartolo stated that “the scheme is aimed at putting Malta’s hotels in a very competitive position as international tourism restarts.”
Popular holiday destinations have struggled during the pandemic due to travel restrictions resulting in closed borders and bans on trips abroad.
Currently, Malta is still in a partial pandemic lockdown, with the first steps toward easing restrictions with non-essential shops and services scheduled to reopen on 26 April.
Malta has seen a significant drop in new COVID-19 infections after the vaccine was rolled out.
The biggest date on the calendar is on 1 June, when Malta is scheduled to re-open to travellers. The country saw 2.7 million visitors in 2019, but that number dropped by 80% when the coronavirus pandemic hit.
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